Acting for Beginners-Crime and Punishment


Tuesdays 6.30pm-7.45pm
22nd September-24th November (10 weeks)
£180 or £144 with Early Bird discount (ends 7th September)
Courtyard Theatre The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield St, London N1 6EU
Claire Amias Claire is a RADA trained actor. She has worked extensively on stage and screen. She also acts, writes and directs for her theatre company A Monkey With Cymbals. On-screen Claire has played main supporting roles in numerous feature films including Mabel Smith in Borley Rectory (alongside Reece Shearsmith), Ms. Conrad in Telling Lies (alongside Jason Flemyng and Melanie Brown), the Young Nurse in Provoked (which starred Miranda Richardson and Robbie Coltrane), and Beattie in The Magic Hour. Stage roles have included Mags in Handbagged and Sheila in Relatively Speaking at Windsor Theatre Royal and on tour, and Maggie in Hobson's Choice and Liz Essendine in Present Laughter at Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre all for Paul Taylor-Mills. Also Claire has performed in several No 1 Tours - Funny Peculiar for Bill Kenwright and Handbagged for Eleanor Lloyd Prods.

10 Week Course – Only 12 places! 

Do you love the suspense of The Wire, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Good Wife? Think you could bring a hard, fearless case for the prosecution? Maybe you’ve got some dark desires to play the underhand criminal? Or would you like to have the deciding vote as the judge?

Delve into courtroom dramas in this brand new 10-week acting course as you go deep into the Justice System.

This introductory course is designed for those looking for an accessible, yet professional route to the stage and screen. The course is suitable for novices and anyone looking to refresh what they may already know. Our tutors pride themselves on a fun, tailored programme which focuses on respected techniques to improve your acting, voice and movement.


Course Content:

• Improvisation
• How to play the given circumstances
• Playing objectives
• Sight reading techniques
• Interpreting scripts
• Stanislavski techniques to build a character
• Techniques to build confidence creatively
• Opportunity to devise your own content
• Work on scenes from published plays

Stage & the City will be hosting four Acting for Beginners courses throughout the winter term, each concentrating on a specific theme so our students can choose to do just one, two, three or all four courses.


Themes include:

Period Drama – Mondays 6.30pm
Acting for Confidence – Mondays 8pm
• Crime & Punishment – Tuesdays 6.30pm
Spies – Tuesdays 8pm

This course will take place on Tuesdays 6.30pm – 7.45pm,  22nd September – 24th November. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.